“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Pizza „
Pizza is a dish that is always well received in our household and this tends to be the reason why I stock up on pizzas from Iceland that are only £1.00 each. These pizzas are a brilliant way to fill up the freezer which means no energy goes to waste freezing the air in between big empty spaces and also when we are both having a night when we have no motivation to cook a big dinner or we just want something that is quick and simple then we just pop one of these pizzas in to the oven and a short while later we have a tasty dinner that we know that we both like.
We have probably tried most of the pizzas that Iceland offer now as we love most toppings and the Thin & Crispy ones have been one of our favourites ones, probably because of being just £1.00 and being thin enough in their boxes to fit down the side of one of our shelves in the freezer.
These pizzas are thin, they are crispy too once cooked, as their name would suggest! They are pizza bases smeared with tomato pizza topping, there is then ham, pineapple & cheese added to the top. The pineapple pieces are quite generous and the ham chunks are quite a similar size to them. There is a really ample amount of toppings on this pizza, more than some of the other thin & crispy ones that we have tried to be honest. The pineapple is quite succulent in the middle, despite being in the oven, and the ham is not too bad at all considering it is clearly processed ham with added water.
These pizzas are very simple to cook, just place on a pizza baking tray (or on a foiled covered oven tray) and then put in the oven. We tend to cook ours for around 20-25 minutes depending on how crispy we want the base & how well done we want the cheese. The cheese melts beautiful on these pizzas, like it would on any pizza really, and they are easy enough to cut with a pizza cutter, even once they have crisped up.
We quite like this particular pizza in our house. The toppings are tasty, the ham is nice and chewy without being too processed and the pineapple works well as a compliment. There is a fairly generous smear of tomato sauce and the cheese is not the largest amount but it works well for this particular pizza. Overall, for just £1.00 these pizzas are delicious. The toppings are yummy, the base goes crispy and we love these as a snack for lunch (one shared) or even cut up and shared with friends on a beer/takeaway style night.
I popped into our local Iceland a few days ago as I was drawn in by the mass of adverts in the window featuring many products for £1. As I LOVE my poundshops I thought I'd have a good look!
For once it was fairly quiet in the store so I took the opportunity of having a really good look to see what was on offer rather than just grab my weekly shop. I was interested to see a few varieties of their own brand pizzas & popped a variety in my trolley because I try to have a well-stocked freezer in case the family pop home without much notice.
The box measure about 9.5" square & are about 1.5" deep so they are a decent size yet stck well in the freezer. The box is fairly attractive (although I've seen better) & it's clearly marked £1. It weighs 380g & it is advised that you keep it frozen & therefore cook from frozen for approximately 16 minutes.
Inside the box you'll find the pizza is well wrapped, heat-sealed plastic which has a duel purpose - to keep the contents fresh & also to help keep the topping intact. This is useful as when our nice delivery man arrived the pizzas were on their side in the bags.
The pizza itself looks very attractive when opened & there was a lot more topping than I'd expected (unlike value/basic/ some own brands) & there was plenty of ham & pineapple to be seen.
I checked the oven after 15 minutes (ours is a bit temperamental!) & it was perfectly cooked - everything was piping hot & nothing was overdone or burnt.
Cutting through the pizza with a wheel was no problem as the dough isn't stiff, or too doughy & there was a delicious smell of all flavours including the tomato & cheese.
I was surprised at how tasty & filling it was too - in my opinion a perfect blend of ingredients with no nasty aftertaste. The base seemed to have a generous amount of tomato & cheese, the base wasn't too thin (nor too thick), it didn't fall apart & the texture of the pineapple & ham was lovely. I don't like my pizzas to be too cheesey as I like to taste the toppings & I found this to be so good for the price that I'll definitely be buying some more.
Although I'm not one for eating cold pizzas I did have a piece the following day straight from the fridge & I enjoyed that as well!
All the ingredients are listed on the reverse of the box along with clearly written cooking guidelines (+ picures), storage nformation etc. The nutritional values are also given but I stopped reading these after I saw half a pizza contains 423 calories & 19.2g of fat!! As all pizzas seem to be high in fat & calories I'm not going to take off a star - it remains at 5 because of the price, taste & texture. If you like ham & pineapple toppings I'd recommend giving this a try for just £1.
As some of you will be aware, I've been working my way through this Iceland range of thin and crispy pizzas after we discovered them in Iceland and filled the freezer (well a whole drawer anyway) with them. They're very cheap at just £1 each, and the choice of flavours is interesting though we've had a bit of a mixed reaction to the different choices in the range.
This 'ham and pineapple' is probably one of the most common topping choices that comes in this range, and it's actually one I really like but hubby isn't keen on so whereas with all the others we shared them with some salad or something, this time, I ended up with a whole pizza on a plate to myself while he ate something else. Portion wise, it was a good size meal for me, but I wasn't hugely hungry, so that may have helped. These pizzas are all around the 365g to 380g size, so not vast, but perfectly acceptable for a meal, or split between two with some extras.
The amount of toppings spread over this when I opened it was, like with pretty much all the others in the range, good. We did have to do a little bit of re-arrangement to spread the pieces of pineapple around a bit more as there was a cluster of 6 pieces all in one pile and little around it to that side, but other than that it wasn't too bad, and the ham was nicely spread across the whole thing, and both the toppings and the cheese went right to the edge. In fact, it did look very close to the picture on the box and that's always a good start in my book!
Cooking time was ok too although I think going to the top end of the suggested cooking time was necessary for this and even perhaps a minute more would have been good. They did get it almost right for this however, so I can't knock them down too badly for it.
We did have one slight issue with this pizza while it was in the oven, and it was a rather unusual one. Along one edge of the pizza when we turned it half way through the cooking time (something I always do so that it cooks as evenly as possible), little bits of base started to fall away. At the time we didn't really know why, but when we'd removed the pizza from the oven and cut it into slices, we discovered the reason. When they'd cut the base they must have had a slight problem with the cutter I think as there was an extra cut as if the circle had almost been cut about 7mm off to one side and then the cutter had been realigned and the pizza base cut properly. What it meant of course was that that little thin strip of base was only loosely joined to the rest of the pizza and so was more likely to detach itself. I get the feeling that this is likely to be a one off event or only to happen to a single batch so I'm not going to let it put me off.
The pizza came out of the oven nice and crispy looking, it cut well into pieces and tasted good. The mix of pineapple and ham was excellent, and both flavours clearly come through over the cheese and tomato and base flavours. I think I'd have liked maybe fractionally more cheese on this, it didn't seem to be particularly less thinly spread than on the other pizzas but the flavour of it didn't come through as well against the flavours of the toppings. The base was crispy on the bottom and moist and soft on top, but possibly could have been slightly crisper hence my saying I think perhaps an extra minute in the oven might have been better.
Overall, this is a nice pizza. It's not my favourite in the range, but it was tasty, and the flavours were good. I liked that the base hadn't gone soggy in the centre which pizzas with wetter ingredients like pineapple can do on occasion. On this one however they'd obviously used pineapple that was just at the right point in terms of moistness as the pineapple itself was still nice and juicy, but none of that juice had leaked out onto the base. Definitely worth the money we paid for it, but it's not a pizza that will win awards sadly.